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, for upholding the jewish people's rights to a jewish state. >> president obama in israel -- the chill is gone. >> i see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations. >> rand paul, the man with a plan. >> i call the plan trust but verify. >> republicans look at what went wrong in 2012. >> when republicans lost in november, it was a wake-up call. >> the war in iraq 10 years later, the budget that refuses to die. >> our budget plan reduces the deficit without raising taxes. >> the republican plan is the same baby with a new diaper. >> we know that until recently president obama and israeli prime minister netanyahu enjoyed what can be politely described as a somewhat strained relationship. on april 7 of last year, the "new york times" reported benjamin netanyahu and mitt romney enjoyed a warm relationship. almost one year later, the israelis have given obama a medal. they appear to be on the same page on iran. >> diplomacy and sanctions have not stopped iran's nuclear programs. diplomacy and sanctions must be augmented by a clear and credible threat of militar
? >> this story will not have a happy ending. what we saw this week was barack obama at his best, connecting with an audience, and he made a compelling case for the need for a two-state solution, the security of israel and the well- being of the region. >> charles? >> the emphasis has been on personality. what happened is obama changed his positions on the settlement and the peace process. he realized he made a terrible mistake in the first term. he insisted on a settlement freeze as a preconditio. it wrecked peace negotiations and stopped everything. he changed, went back and said in a startling statement that if you get a peace agreement, the sttlement will be resolved-- talled automatically. so, they are not the central issue. by removing that, i think he changed the relationship with the israelis in a positive way. >> in some ways, i think he is right about this. it is also true that benjamin netanyahu is facing a different situation at home. he does not have the same kind of majority, came closer to losing than people thought he would. obama was reelected despite his attempts to prevent
now is the time to end the fighting between the kurds in the turks. >> barack obama urges israelis to see the world through the eyes of palestinians in order to bring about peace in the region. >> well, people in cyprus are standing in lines at cash machines. banks remain closed as the government's scramble to put together a new bailout plan for the broken financial sector. >> the clock is ticking. ecb says cyprus must come up with ed bop -- viable bailout plan by monday. if not, there will cut off funding, also listening the country into bankruptcy. >> there's also talk of a solidarity investment fund that could include bonds backed by the government and even by churches. >> angry separates -- cyprian -- separates -- cypriots gathered outside the parliament building here the latest reports say cypriot officials are mulling a special fund as contributions coming reportedly from the island's wealthy orthodox church, from pension funds, and the central bank's gold reserves. the governor of the island's central bank was confident a solution would be found. >> i expect there will be a
>> live from dw here in berlin, this is the "journal." >> barack obama and benjamin netanyahu reaffirm u.s.-israeli ties and stress a common stance against iran. >> bailout crisis meetings continue in cyprus as the central bank announces the banks will remain shut until next week. >> and from berlin to the himalayan kingdom of bhutan, we asked what makes people smile on the international day of happiness. it is a visit heavier on symbolism than on substance. president barack obama is in israel right now, where he has promised america's enduring support for the jewish state. he also stressed the need for peace. >> but obama is not expected to provide new initiatives or policy moves in the area of the middle east peace process, which is secondary to israeli leaders when compared to the possibility of a nuclear iran. president obama and prime minister netanyahu have given a press conference. we will talk to our jerusalem correspondent about that in a moment. >> but first, the israeli president said that president barack obama has a vision that can transform the middle east. the p
obama's trip to israel, a conferring with the former u.s. ambassador to that country martin indyk. the stakes are high. the question on the table can the president restart the middle east peace effort that eludes the region. conversation with martin indyk coming up right now. >> there's a saying that dr. king had, he said it's always the right time to do the right thing. i try to live my life every day by doing the right thing. we know that we're only halfway to completely eliminate hunger and we have a lot of work to do. wal-mart committed $2 billion to fighting hunger in the u.s. as we work together, we can stamp hunger out. >> and my contribution to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. tavis: when president obama touches down in israel on wednesday, he'll bring with him a full agenda. first, there is the expectation that meaningful peace talks between the israelis and palestinians can be restarted. with the new secretary of state john kerry along on this trip, some in the administration hope a new
. [applause] >> [speaking in foreign language) >> barack obama has just been speaking upon his arrival to tel aviv, his first visit to israel as president. although he did point out it is the third time that he has landed -- that he has been in israel. it speaking directly after benjamin knott's and yahoo. speakingwe can go to -- directly after benjamin netanyahu. i feel we can go to mike. warm, friendly words between the two. one of the things obama was trying to overcome, the idea there was a strained relationship between the u.s. and israel. but indeed, yes. the third thing president obama said when he walked off the plane, it is a lovely day. and then hugs for benjamin netanyahu, shimon peres, setting the terms for a visit largely about repairing what has been a somewhat fractious relationship, certainly in obama's first term. the point of the visit largely to repair the relationship, create a better working conditions the to the two leaders. we heard and president obama's speech from a very important statement, saying he recognizes israel as the historic homeland of the jewish people. th
obama says aloha to israel. and my guest james franco is the star of the new movie "oz, the great and powerful." i'll nail him, and his little dog, too. [laughter] queen elizabeth has been released from the hospital for what they say is a stomach bug. either that, or there's another royal baby on the way! this is "the colbert report." [cheers and applause] ["the colbert report" theme music playing] [cheers and applause] right here. right there. good evening, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the report. thank you for joining us. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting, "stephen!"] [cheers and applause] thank you so much. thank you so. ladies and gentlemen, we've got to get to the news. [cheers and applause] nation, if you haven't heard-- i know my studio audience hasn't because we keep them in a hyperbaric chamber before the show-- there are two huge, breaking stories tonight. first hugo chavez venezuelan strongman and friend of the show is dead. repeat. hugo chavez is dead. [audience reacts] >> stephen: i know. obviously this leaves a huge hole in south american politics and an even
audience on a week when president obama made his very first trip from israel since taking office we continue to see more of the same from campaigner in chief. he met with israel's leaders but offered no real solutions for middle east peace. it will take a lot more in a few days to fix the reckless foreign policy of the last now fewer years. he is aware of the challenge. >> i'm meeting none of these challenges will not be easy. ultimately it's not a hard problem. its hard slog to work through all these issues. it's hard. >> sean: aside from hitting the links in tiger woods and paling around with beyonce, it's hard work being the leader of the world. his trip didn't go entirely as planned. it included the burning of american flag and images of obama himself. then there was some car trump when the armored cadillac limo that was supposed to transport the president, that broke down. they put in the wrong fuel and it had to be towed. what would be a speech but without a few hecklers. >> i believe your future is bound to ours. >> sean: with reminders of the week for his failures to address
. it was interesting that in the obama recovery, family income went down to $2,500 a year, where during the recession, income went down $1,500 a year. families were doing worse, yet extremely good campaign, and he won despite his disadvantages and he won frankly in a predictable way. he made the election about his opponent. the romney people allowed obama to define romney. this was rather than romney defining romney, and that is why it is important for republicans we do wrong? the idea that the republican party is in some terrible shape -- certainly i do not buy that. not buy that? >> i do not. i have been around since 1968. i have seen terrible shape. i remember watergate, i remember when the 13% of americans republicans, and the national if we should change the name of the party. whispereds not been now. >> for 40 years, the most number of republicans in the house was 192. today we have 230 something, and it is absolutely right to figure out what you did wrong, and the obama people outperformed republicans in a number of ways. the idea that we are on the brink of going out of business is overstated
? that is it for "the five." thank you for watching. see you here tomorrow. ♪ ♪ >> bret: is president obama really ready to go to war over iran's nuclear program? one israeli leader says the u.s. is not chicken. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. from the israeli government perspective, a country living with the threat of a nuclear iran possibly. president obama said the right things. during his visit about making sure iran does not get a nuclear weapon. at least one israeli leader is convinced if push comes to shove and military action is needed, the u.s. will be right alongside israel. amid the talk of war, though, the president is also pushing for peace between israelis and palestinians. that effort take a different tone on a specific issue today. chief white house correspondent ed henry is traveling with the president and reports from jerusalem. >> president obama spent a second day in jerusalem showing he is mending fences with israeli leaders to get upclose look at the dead sea scrolls and later trying to go around the leaders to appeal to the young people of
president have been having their first state dinner surrounded by gaspar barack obama made it clear that he did not have to go through all of this -- surrounded by guests. barack obama made it clear that he did not have to go through all this fanfare to reaffirm his relationship with the israeli government. he said this is all about reaching out to the israeli public. every stock has been very carefully choreographed by the american and israeli planners. and so far, not a single flat has been put wrong by the american leader. -- not a single foot has been put run by the american leader. he has maintained that the relationship between the u.s. and israel is an unbreakable and that the relationship that has been strained in the past with mr. netanyahu is very strong, and working very well. that was the message from the press conference tonight. the body language talked about a very close working relationship, a lot of for the exchanges between the two leaders. and when they got down to business, they mention this same three issues, iran, syria, and making peace with the palestinians. except t
of it is really college students, had that president obama lockley and their achievements, condemning their enemies, and affirming the unbreakable bond between the countries, including to prevent iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. that together we share a commitment for security for our citizens and the stability of the middle east and north africa. together, we share a focus on advancing economic growth around the globe and strengthening the middle class within our own countries. together, we share a stake in the success of democracy. >> but the meat of the speech, the real message came towards the end. the u.s. president made it abundantly clear he was not going to walk away from a two- state solution, israel and palestine existing side by side. >> is really must recognize that continued settlement activity is counter active. a counter -- is counterproductive and independent palestine is of importance with real borders. >> well-received by the enthusiastic young audience, it will not go well with the center-right government. againstler, so opening the creation of a palestinian sta
obama. how often does he play basketball and golf. i wish i had that kind of time. he is lazy but the media won't report that. i didn't come up with that obama said that to barbara walters. cnn embarrassed herself by trying to spin that has a racist comment that the words were echoing the president's own words. many in the liberal media reacted as expected but as the author points out they are not so liberal when it comes to accepting points of view. >> why is it the cultural left, you know, he drives them crazy. >> well, i don't know. i think he doesn't drive me crazy. it's more of a question how much tolerance people have for other points of view. roger is so direct and can be abrasive a and at times he is intentionally abrasive. he likes to pull people's chains. he told me a couple of times, i'm not a pudger but i'm a countered puncher. that certainly the way he sees himself, under assault by the cultural elite. when people fight back, they are controversial and roger is tough fighter. >> jon: he did build fox news channel into number one. tough being on top. everybody is t
people think we have had such a contentious relationship. he had a past relationship with president obama. most would deny it. mittsaid that he supported romney. he did not do much to support president obama and this election recycle. --did they do a lot to bid bridge the gaps. , we sawuld be persuaded the israeli public they even though it may started with mistrust towards obama, it ended this week with a lot of affection. --really did manage to build bridge some of these gaps. he arrived in israel on wednesday. he met with the prime minister and president perez. he traveled to the west bank and he met with the palestinian authority. on friday, meeting with the president of jordan before playing tourist yesterday and he asked to washington about iran's ambitions. here is more from the trip and the comments of the israeli prime has -- president. we discussed the long-range issues for both of our countries. among these is iran's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons. , you have made it clear that you are determined to preventing iran from developing nuclear weapons. i appreciate your forth
never believe and the best borrow baptist church gets a new neighbor. first, president obama calls on young israelis to embrace peace. this is "the ed show." as ed would say, let's get to work. it was a passionate appeal for peace. after speaking with palestinians in the west bank, the president took his message to israel, delivering a major speech earlier calling for a two state solution in the middle east. this was the main event of mr. obama's first trip to israel as leader of the free world. the president delivering what the administration called the centerpiece of the visit. the speech wasn't given in front of the israeli parliament where his predecessor spoke at his first trip, given at the convention center before an audience of students. the president's message was clear, peace is possible but in order to secure peace and security for the jewish state, compromise is essential. >> negotiations will be necessary but there's a little secret about where they must lead. two states for two peoples. two states for two peoples. there will be differences how to get there. there will
>> this week on the journal, editorial report. president obama's middle east mission, he is calling for renewed peace in the area, as the syrian conflict escalates with claims of chemical weapons, will it make a difference? the president courts controversy at home with his pick to the labor department. did thomas perez interfere with a supreme court court of decision, and his theory on discrimination. and labor's effort to hide cigarettes will meet the same fate as the big soda ban? >> it is possible, it is possible. i'm not saying it's guaranteed. i can't even say that it is more likely than not, but it is possible. >> paul: welcome to journ"the journal editorial report", i'm paul bgigot. that's president obama in israel and the first thawing the often frosty relationship with benjamin netanyahu. is it a turning point in the region? let's ask dan henninger and global view columnist bret stevens. so, bret, the big news out of this, or at least at the surface, that a new good feeling between prime minister y netanyahu and president obama. real or does it makes a difference
, a special edition, live from jerusalem. rolling out the red carpet. president obama arrives in israel, his first visit as president. >> it's a beautiful day. >> good to see you. >> good to see you, too. how are you? good to see you. thank you so much. >> it's wonderful to be here. how are you, my friend? >> good to see you. >> thank you so much. >> the president's talking points, hitting the restart button with netanyahu and ensuring the israeli people that america has than back and won't let iran get a nuclear weapon. >> this is my third visit to israel, so let me just say -- [ speaking foreign language ] >>> the united states of america stands with the state of israel, because it is in our fundamental national security interests to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous, and it makes the world a better place. >>> across the runway, the president then was given a way to check out his the missile defense system that the u.s. helped pay for. the two leaders are now huddled tess prime minister's house, where in an hour they will hold a joint news confe
. >> thank you very much. >>> this weekend marks the third anniversary of the signing of obama care and though many key parts of the health care law don't go into effect until next year, many americans are already feeling the impact of the changes to the nation's health care system. let's check in now with a checkup on obama care. >> reporter: dueling opinions in washington today on the impact of obama care and whether it's been a boon or a boondoggle to americans and american businesses. obama says it protects americans from insurance companies and says the slaw saving people money. the president said in a statement, millions of americans are saving $600 a year on prescription drugs. millions of young people have beenable to stay on their family's health plan to age 26. preventive care, like mammograms for women and wellness visits for seen, i don't covered free of charge. most importantly, for the sake of our fiscal future, the growth of health care costs is beginning to slow. but the democratic-controlled senate voted early this week to repeal part of obama care, passed with bipa
eric dyson in for ed schultz. president obama makes his first trip to israel and gets caught at an open mic. the love gov makes a comeback in south carolina, and march madness hits the white house. >>> but tonight, i start with washington dropping the ball on protecting our children. >>> this is "the ed show," and as ed would say, let's get to work. >>> it was supposed to change everything. the massacre at sandy hook elementary school was brutal and horrific, it shook us to our core but out of the tragedy, there was a hope something could get done. we americans believe this was the event that would prompt our lawmakers to finally act, yet this is the cover of today's "new york daily news," shame on us. the faces of the murdered 20 children of the elementary school students in newtown, connecticut, surrounding those words. this is how a paper in the nation's largest city is reacting to news of the assaults weapon ban being dropped. it was announced tuesday that the ban, introduced by dianne feinstein of california, was getting dropped from a larger gun safety package because the votes we
. >> shepard: we have seen some light-hearted moments i guess you will during president obama's first day in israel. but one of them is not usually a laughing matter. those so-called red lines. remember this at the united nations last year? prime minister netanyahu drew a red line on a cartoon bomb? part of a warning about iran's nuclear program. well, today in israel, the prime minister wasted no time showing the president a different sort of red line. look at this. >> where do you want to start? i would love to take a look. >> following the red line. red line all the time >> bill: i wonder who sent out the blue tie memo. amusing moment between two leaders whose relationship has some observers saying it's kind of tense. and on this day in 1916, albert einstein published his ground-breaking general theory of relativity. it all started about a decade earlier after the 26-year-old genius earned his doctorate. he just developed one of his first major theories focusing on time and space. then he began working on a new concept that included the presence are of gravity. says he came up with it
. 2013] >> president obama is set to nominate thomas perez to be the next secretary of labor. the white house says he has been the head of the justice department's civil-rights division for a number of years. president obama plans to announce the nomination this morning at the white house in the east room. c-span2 will have live coverage of that starting at 11:30 this morning. congress is set to return to capitol hill today. later this week to work on fiscal spending for the rest of this budget year and for the next fiscal year. the senate is working on the spending bill and it will be the focus this afternoon. you can see live coverage of the senate beginning at 2:00 eastern on c-span2. before the senate c-span2 will be live with carl levin. he will be at the council on foreign relations. c-span3 will be live with a discussion on the persian gulf. a more private first lady, elizabeth much growth refused to continue the tradition of making social calls to washington post political society. she spoke french inside the white house and gained a reputation of being queenly by her critics. w
today the mood was sunny and the talk was tough. president barack obama on his first official trip to israel since being elected in 2008. steve handelsman, the leaders called each other by their first names which observers say it was a good sign. >> reporter: looked like a love fest, janelle. that seems to suit both leaders. you could hardly tell that the president and the prime minister had a falling out over iran. they praised one another and seemed to agree at least in public about the military option. president obama reassured israelis terrified of iran getting nuclear weapons that if diplomacy fails, using force is possible. >> all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> reporter: benjamin netanyahu sounded pleased. >> that sums up our common view. >> reporter: no more questioning obama resolve. >> i'm absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent iran from getting nuclears. >> reporter: the president had gotten a warm welcome. netanyahu under pressure to end their public sparring. >>
obama, but succeed on the public part of the trip. it is two trips in one to israel. the public part, you'd be hard- pressed to find a ford minivan'' worth of israelis that are anti- american. they want to like an american president. whatever their differences, for the most part, every stop along the visit is designed, choreographed to touch deeper chords in israeli society, whether it is the shrine of the books, or the stop at hertzel's tomb, or talking to israeli kids about their future in the 21st century. these are things obama will do very well at. i think this trip -- i would be surprised if it is not a success. there'll be some pickups, -- some hiccups, but the big piece, the public part i think is going to be successful to the extent it can. the way i see it, some say obama is just checking a box. i think he sees that the way towards managing his relationship with the israeli government runs through the israeli public. it does not mean that netanyahu is completely poll focused. i think the issue of iran as a gut issue for netanyahu. it is not just looking at public opinion. c
. this is a lifestyle that is one of excess. >> bill: is that true? is mr. obama living like a sultan in the white house? we'll hear what michele bachmann has to say. >> we are also the ones who are paying for someone to walk the president's dog. >> bill: and give you the facts. >> our marines were trained there in hawthorne and with the sequester it's going to cut this stuff back. >> bill: senator harry reid blaming budget cuts for the death of seven marines in nevada. but the marine corps is furious about that. >> marine corps officials this afternoon are taking a strong exception to what harry reid implied. >> bill: we'll have the inside story. >> you have got to ease up. take it easy. >> bill: dennis miller takes a look at the barack obama satan controversy as stephan seagull meeting putin in moscow. >> i want to take you to the bank, to the blood bank. >> caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. america today and the iraq war. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. it was 10 yea
. [applause] ♪ lou: good evening, everybody. president obama finally today making his case for peace in the middle east while making his strongest defense ofof that jury state. the president making it clear today that if it -- the defense of his route comes first. >> make no mistake that those who are here to the ad -- adhered to the ideology of rejecting israel's right to exist that might as well reject the earth beneath them are the sky above because israel is not going anywhere. @%pplause] lou: president obama speaking to students in jerusalem today shortly after a trip to the west bank with joint press conference or a joint press conference with palestinian president where he urged t palestine national authority come back to the bargaining table. president obama insisted both sides is our peas and both sides will need to make concessions for any sort of lasting peace to exist in suggesting the framework of t deal is already before them. >> if we can get direct negotiations started again i believe that the shape of a potential deal is there. lou: president obama recognizing the ob
. >> . >> and welcome to "hannity." now, today marked day two of president barack obama's trip to the middle east. he ignored our ali, he's trying to bridge the formidable divide between us and israel. he has the teleprompters working overtime, but that could not save him. he was not greeted with pleasantries by everybody. take a look. >> i believe your future is bound to ours. [audience yelling] no, no, this is part of the debate that we talked about. i have to say we actually arranged for that because it made me feel at home. and you know, i wouldn't feel comfortable if i didn't have at least one heckler. >> sean: i wonder why so many of them wouldn't be happy with you, mr. president. maybe it's because even though you're now trying to act as a friend to israel they know they can't take you at your word. you haven't paid any attention to israel until this week. rather than relying on the words scrolling on your teleprompters, the israelis should focus on what he's done in the past. this president called on israel and palestine to withdraw to 1967 borders. netanyahu said it would be quote, undefensi
obama was ready to do just that. they pounded out a serious agreement between the two courts, the u.s. and israel. the people of the united states are not the obama audience. the best result is over the other side, over in tehran. they get to see how serious we are. they build a weapon, we come at them. if they know that now, it could change everything. >>> and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, don't believe the hype. all the gops talk about change is just that. talk. a bunch of hot air. today, almost every single republican in the house voted for paul ryan's budget. the budget that would lower taxes for the rich, cut programs for the poor, and end medicare as we know it. it's unbelievable just three days ago the rnc rolled oh ut a plan to reboot the party, claiming that they will change the public's view that they only care about the rich. >> the perception that we're the party of the rich, unfortunately, continues to grow. that's frustrating. we wa
and president obama goes back in time, biblical times. >>> and with congress poised for its first fight over gun it is, the white house prepares to ramp up the pressure. i will talk to a connecticut congressman. >>> first, topping political headlines, the senate passed a budget for the first time in four years. like the student these once were, they pull and all-nighter and wrapped up voting around 5 a.m. now, they head off on spring break for two weeks. but all is not necessarily well in the democratic dorm room there were four democratic senators who voted against the budget plan, all of whom are up for re-election and one, frank lautenberg from new jersey, he didn't vote at all. meanwhile, politico reporting senator tim johnson from south dakota not planning to run again in 2014. that puts yet another democratic seat in play. another notable democratic senator planning to step down, michigan's carl levin. yesterday on her facebook page, former governor jennifer granholm announced not to run for his seat. >>> and the president is on his way home right now. president obama spent four days in th
the israeli press. now president obama takes his charm offensive directly to the israeli people. in a major speech he delivered about the importance of israel and the importance of peace with the palestinians. the audience of students helped him deal with a heckler. >> oh no. >> this is part of the live lyre debate we talked about. this is good. >> i have to say we arranged for that, because it made me feel at home. >> you know i -- i wouldn't feel comfortable if i didn't have at least one heckler. >> the president used the forum to deliver another stern warning to the assad regime in syria next door. >> we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people or the transfer of those weapons to terrorists. the world is watching, we will hold you accountable. >> and he was cheered for his commitment on iran. >> america will do what we must to prevent a nuclear-armed iran. >> earlier in the west bank, president obama met with the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas. only hours after a stark reminder of the region's dangers as militants in gaza fired several rockets into so
kerry there talking. president obama is supposed to be awarded the medal of distinction at this dinner. when that happens, we will bring it to you live. again, live pictures there as the president awaits the medal of distinction. martin fletcher is standing by in jerusalem with the very latest for us. good to see you, sir. let's start with the president's speech. how was it received, both in the hall and how was it received by israelis watching it on television? >> reporter: well, i think, craig, it was received very well indeed. surprisingly well. he spoke so clearly and confidently and i think really hit all the points that israelis wanted to hear. one of the surprising things, the reaction of the 600 students from universities around israel that were in the audience, was that they applauded repeatedly. there were several standing ovations. most surprising to me anyway, the more often president obama called for a palestinian state existing in peace alongside israel, the more often he said that, the greater the applause was for the students. it was a real message not only from preside
to them and talk to them. i believe that. >> off script. president obama's message of peace gets a warm response from the israeli youth. good morning, i'm bill karins. this is "way too early." we have a lot to talk about on this friday, march 22nd. we'll start with breaking news overnight. three people are dead this morning following a shooting at the u.s. marine base in quantico, virginia. officials say a gunman killed two marines before taking his own life. the suspect is a marine staff member on the base. the base was temporarily put on a lockdown until oiffficers cleared the area. >>> overseas, president obama's wrapping up his visit to israel this morning. we're heading to neighboring jordan. today the president toured several important spots for the jewish people including the tomb of yitzhak rabin and a holocaust memorial and museum. it follows a visit to the west bank yesterday and a speech in jerusalem where he offered america's own fledging support for israel while calling for a renewed start to the middle east peace process. >> those who adhere to the ideology of rejecting is
, everybody. president obama wrapping up his middle eastern tour with a stop in jordan today. a nation wracked with turmoil as syrian refugees are pouring across the border, fleeing the violence being inflicted by the bashar al-assad regime. president obama expressing frustration with those who question the president about why the united states is not doing more to intervene in the syrian conflict. >> it is fair to say that the united states often finds itself in a situation where does criticize militarily. if we don't go in militarily, then people ask why we are not doing something. lou: senator carl levin, pushing president obama to take a hands-on approach to the removal of bashar al-assad. and as senator john mccain looking for a no-fly zone to be instituted. while calling for surgical airstrikes to help drive the bashar al-assad. the president repeated that any evidence of this weapon to use would be a game changer, as he put it. president obama defended his administration's reluctance to use military force to quell the syrian civil war. >> when we are working with the syrians themselves,
. >> big decision to make. eric? >> kerry is in iraq today. president obama returned from his four-day tour of the middle east. the first foreign trip of his second term. first trip to israel as president. some view the trip as a so-called charm offensive. israel and an attempt to thaw the rocky-strained relationship he has with binyamin netanyahu. is that relationship now thawed? will it work? what about iran? joining us as always on sunday mornings, former ambassador john bolton and fox contributor. good morning, ambassador. >> good morning. glad to be with you. >> good to see you, as always. how did he do? how about the relationship between the president and the prime minister? >> i think that the president's trip always had two purposes. one was the public political aspect of the trip to try to repair the very visibly frosty relationship that he had with israel and in his first term. and i think that he largely accomplished that, photo opportunities were great. the -- they had humor, a couple of hugs. really what else could you ask for? but underneath, the second purpose of the trip, i
chris: david, that sounds pretty tough. you think of barack obama as we all know them. he was really there, he was against the iraq war. he was president because of that. >> make no mistake, this is a president that does not want to get into another war. as he looks at syria, he sees a slippery slope. he does not want to slide down it. he had to make those statements this week because he had had said that use of chemical weapons would be a red line. he never said what he would do about it. the one thing that you can be certain of, as obama looks at syria and iran, he wants to avoid any kind of entangling war, long expedition nature war like america has fought over the last 10 years. chris: these wars, if we go into iran, does anyone think it's a quick war, in and out, without historic repercussions on the other side? >> absolutely not, which is part of the reason why nobody within the -- there are very few people in the administration that have any sort of appetite for a war in iran. the same goes with syria. we saw with the libya entanglement, we saw sort of barack obama'
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